Friday, 18 September 2009

Here I Am!

Yes I'm back! I decided to do a blog post after lunch today then go off and do a bit of stitching! I know I've been away longer than I intended. It was only supposed to be a couple of weeks while hubby was off on holiday but I'm afraid I just lost my enthusiasm and have had a hard time getting it back. The fact that I spend quite a lot of time Facebook has nothing to do with it as I was blogging before and on Facebook; it's just the way I've been feeling. Just me and nothing else:(

So while I've been away I've had three finishes. First of all I fnished HAED Tiny Treasures Purple Dragon. In a way I was sad to see her finished as I'd enjoyed stitching her so much and she is so pretty.

Heaven and Earth Designs TT Purple Dragon

Artwork by Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Started 20th May 2009

Finished 17th August 2009

11,016 stitches.

I think I'll be making her up into a hanging pinkeep rather than getting her framed but I'm not 100% sure yet.

My next finish was The Sampler Girl In The Garden With Jane Austen from the May 2008 of The Gift of Stitching. As you can see I took this picture before I made it up into a bag but I haven't taken another yet as I still need to get some ribbon to finish it off properly. I love this piece although my making up leaves a lot to be desired! I found doing the lining of the bag rather fiddly and had to have several goes at it!
The Sampler Girl In the Garden With Jane Austen

Started 4th July 2009

Finished 28th August 2009.

My final finish for this post is my SB needleroll for August which didn't get finished until this month! lol! I chose to stitch Friendship Roll as a PIF for Andrea. I just love the sentiment of this roll.

Shepherds Bush Friendship Roll Kit

Started 28th August 2009

Finished 8th September 2009.

Stitched for Andrea.

So it's now onto the other bits I've been stitching. Since I finished TT Purple Dragon I decided to concentrate solely on HAED Guardian for a while and although it's been a bit slow going due to me also not wanting to stitch quite as much in recent weeks I have finished another page so 4 down and 26 to go!
I have got back to stitching once a week on Needleprint Beatrix Potter Quaker Sampler too and have actually been enjoying it as well! it's amazing what a little break can do! I'm now all the way across at the bottom and working my way up.

Unfortunately I haven't picked up Winter Wingdings in weeks and I really should get back into it. Instead I've been stitching on Lizzie*Kate Merry Christmas By The Letter. I seem to have been spurred on with this piece since we got into September. That's all the stitching I've done in the past few weeks.

Other news is that Jess got into university and goes a week tomorrow. We are so proud of her but it's going to be hard to adjust to her not being here. I know she's only going to Hull so is not too far away and will be able to come home weekends when she wants to. She's very lucky too as two of her friends are also going and their rooms are either next door but one to each other or next door depending on the layout! And of course Abi is back at school and is now in year 10. Poor Abi is not really keen on school but she studies and works hard. She's really pleased as she put down for dual science but school put her in for triple science.

I think that's all my news for now. I think I'm going to change the way I blog so will probably only blog once a week. I will see how I feel:)

Take care everyone:)

Hugs Sally


Julie said...

Three lovely finishes andnice WIP's too. I need to get cracking with BP! The L*K is lovely.

Good Luck Jess at Uni, i hope you have lots of fun with your friends as well as the hard work and enjoy the experience.

It does get easier Sally when they go, you do cope *says she speaking from experience* honestly it does ....


Lesleyanne said...

It's nice to have you back in the land of blogging and with such beautiful finishes as well. Your WIPs are stunning as well - everytime I see your Lizzie Kate I'm tempted to get it but I havent finished last years so am really trying not to. I do hope you do blog once a week so we can see your progress.

jane said...

Great to hear from you Sally - well done on your finishes - lovely all of them . BP is coming on well. Hope Jess settles in well at Uni - sending you (((hugs)))!!!!it's good that she has friends going too!

Kim B said...

Your projects are amazing Sally. And those finishes are absolutely beautiful! You are such a gifted stitcher. Congratulations to Jess!

Bev said...

Welcome back to blogland, and i love the finishes you have made, and i have only just got on facebook but i need to keep off it as i know i will get addicted lol

valerie said...

Congratulations on your happy dance! Great wips. I saw the needleroll you made on Andrea's did such a great job on it!I love the stitching on the blue fabric.

Karen said...

looks like you have been doing alot of stitching

Christine said...

Some great finishes there Sally. I love the Jane Austen design.
Good luck to Jess at University

Andrea said...

Great to see you back Sally. Love the finishes...especially my needleroll. :) Wonderful WIPs.

Chiloe said...

Welcome back !!!

Congrats on your finish!

Nice progress on the other ones ;-)

Hope it's not going to be too hard without Jess at home .

WendyCarole said...

They all look wonderful

good luck to Jess at university

Mylene said...

Good to see you back, Sally. Congrats on al your beautiful finishes!!

Karan said...

Wow, your needles have been smoking! Gorgeous finishes & loads of progress on the WIP's there Sally. :0)
Congratulations to Jess & lots of Good Wishes - hope she settles in well. Well done to Abi too. :0)

Elisa said...

Great to see you back....and wow you have been busy...amazing how much time this blogging lark takes away from actual

The JA sampler is on my pile to it!!

Congrats to Jess on uni...she will have a fab time xx

Hazel said...

Great finishes Sally. It's good to see you back. I love your BP. Looks fab. xx

Brigitte said...

Welcome back to blogging. It was nice to see a post from you - and even more to see three finishes. Congratulations! I'm looking forward to seeing that bag finished. It's such a wonderful design. I stitched it right after it was published and also made it into a bag. You will see it looks gorgeous.

Claire said...

Great to see you back Sally - have missed you!

Great finishes too - and wonderful stitching as ALWAYS!

Hugs to you and family
Claire x

stitcherw said...

My you've been busy while you had a brief break from blogging, all kinds of lovely stitchy things to look at. Congratulations on your beautiful finishes, and your WIP's are looking great too.

Michele B. said...

Oh it's so nice to see a post from you. My, Facebook hasn't kept you from stitching up a storm! You have such nice taste in projects, varied enough to keep things interesting. Whether you blog daily or weekly (or monthly) is fine with me, as long as you do!

Carol said...

It's lovely to see you back Sally and you've done some wonderful stitching! Your HAED's are looking absolutely gorgeous!

Well done to Jess getting into university. It is very hard to see them go, but like Julie says it does get easier.

Angela said...

You have been busy. Some great finishes in there.

I guess Jess is already well into Fresher's Week and no doubt missing home whilst having the time of her life as well.

Shelleen said...

congrats on your finishes , especially the HAED

Maxine said...

Great to see you back Sally I've missed you too. You've got some lovely finishes there and great wip's as well. I'm sure Jess will settle down, I think it's always harder for the parents when kids leave home but I'm slowly getting used to it seen as two of my three have now gone! Looking forward to seeing your next blog update :)

fireflydreams said...

WOW all those beautiful finishes Sally.

I need to get the enthusiasm back - how do you manage it Sally?

What is Jess studying at Uni?

Michelle said...

Hi Sally,

So glad to see you back! Your needle has been busy ~ your finishes are just so pretty..


Solstitches said...

Congratulations on your three beautiful finishes Sally.
I look forward to seeing how your bag turns out.
I'm another that has a hard time with blogging - always something else I'd rather be doing.